Recommended to me by one of Special Force's buddies. I liked the way the author's main character, Ender, would use military strategy/tactics to exploit an enemy and not only stop an enemy but defeat the enemy from any future aggressions. I can't believe I didn't read this book years ago. Don't wait like I did. Read or listen to this book, you won't be disappointed.
I first read Ender's Game in middle school many years ago. Hearing it again as an adult brought new meanings to me. It is an incredible story that will probably revisit every few years - ala The Lord of the Rings.
A wonderful story, a wonderful audible purchase. Any fan of sci-fi should be required to read this at least once.
I liked this one so much that I can't wait for my credits to come around before buying the next one. It all ties together perfectly, aliens don't just have a bump on their nose or pointy ears, they are completely different in every way unimaginable... this is true sci fi.
I don't know how I missed both Ender's Game and Scott Card for 25 years. I had thought nothing in Sci Fi could really thrill me since Heinlein's passing. This is a stunningly original idea and universe, skillfully told, and well performed. The rest of the series is worth listening to only because the characters in this story become part of you and a chance to visit with them again can't be passed up. It did not win Hugo and Nebula awards because it was just good. This is a great story.
I had heard about this book from a friend who said "I had to read it." I put it off for a long time because I'm not really into Sci-Fi. I did like Gatticca and a few other Sci-Fi-type movies that go deeper than rockets.
This book also goes deeper than rockets, but not a whole lot. It is very well written, but the detail that goes into the nuts and bolts and positioning of this and that is excruciating. That was the main turn-off really.
The point of the book was good, the ending quite unexpected, the character development excellent. I usually read non-fiction, critical books, that get straight to the point. I rarely read fiction. So, fluffy detail kind of puts me to sleep.
If you like fiction, this book is probably worth your time, despite being a Sci-Fi book. But if you like to get straight to it and don't care for long diatribes of description, you might not.
On another note, however, if you are a writer, or would like to be a writer, it's worth listening to just for the 45 minute interview with the author at the end. That is Excellent.
Having said all that, I'm glad I listened to it. If I had a lot of credits, and not a lot in my wish list, then this is a good choice, but if you're trying to decide between this and another book, and you're similar to me, then it probably is worth reading later.
I'd not heard of the author or the series before selecting this. It was wonderfully creative and enjoyable.
I'm three quarters through this book, and I'm enthralled. It is everything a sci-fi novel should be: intense, intelligent, and above all, human. The main characters are wonderfully developed, particluarly Ender, whose internal conflict is one of the main themes of the story.
The audio presentation is excellent, with different narrators presenting different sections, depending on which character's point of view is predominant. I generally don't like dramatizations, and there is some dramatic license taken in some of the narration, but I think it works in this case. Very well read by all the narrators.
I am about to buy all the books in this series. If they are 1/10th as good as this one, it's money well spent.
An absolute joy to listen to. The storyline was so well thought out and riveting that I could hardly put it down. The author's character development and their interaction was thoughtful and provocative. I was so caught up in Ender's trials that the ending surprised even me. While the result is fairly predictable, that manner in which he takes you there is not. An excellent read.